66th Annual Membership Meeting: Access To Abilities
Arc of Westchester held it's 66th Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The theme for the event was Accessibility. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) made history by giving civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities.
Newly appointed NYSARC, Inc.,President Laura Kennedy gave the keynote address.She talked about her goals for the year ahead and spoke of new initiatives at the state level. She congratulated Arc of Westchester for outstanding and innovative services. She confirmed elections at a swearing in ceremony of agency board members. Newly appointed Steven Kroll, NYSARC, Inc. Executive Director, sent a video greeting to attendees.
Despite the successes, many challenges lie ahead. As president Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., remarked, the government has recently embarked on a transformational agenda to revolutionize services for those with disabilities. From managed care to a reduction in state-funded programs, we are facing a path of uncertainty.
Arc of Westchester will continue to be an active voice and advocate in our state, urging the government to properly support all individuals with disabilities. We are ahead of the curve with an outstanding jobs programs and the January 2016 launch of Partner’s Health Plan, a managed care organization specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, created by five Arc’s in New York, including the Arc of Westchester.
The agency recognized a number of partners and community volunteers for their outstanding contributions to social inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. They were each presented with unique artwork created by individuals in our art programs.
Melissa Gomez was selected as Arc of Westchester's Self-Advocate of the Year.
The Arc of Westchester Foundation Partnership Award was awarded to Virginia Donovan. A long-time friend and donor to the agency. She has supported our art programs through her generous donations.
The Volunteer Partner Award was presented to Mary Antenucci. Mary volunteers weekly to our after-school recreation art classes.
The Public Partnership Award was presented to Westchester Community College. The college has provided space in their theater for Echo Onstage, Arc's Summer Theater Program.
The agency’s art gallery265 opened its lobby installation Jumping Through Hoops. Under the direction of Roberta Nickelsen, Art Instructor at Arc of Westchester, individuals in the agency’s programs decorated Hula Hoops that hang from the walls and ceiling of lobby. Read Press Release ►